More than 300 wild reindeer died due to lightning at Nature Park in southern Norway.
The animals were at Hardangervidda when the lightning struck, and it becomes the reason for their death. Gamekeeper spoke that 323 reindeer including 70 young were killed in the lightning in the park, where Europe’s largest 10,000 wild reindeer roam freely.
Humans rarely visit the area, the dead deer were found by one of Agency inspector and he said five deer are still alive when the inspector came across the section but they had to be euthanized.
Environment Agency spoke to press that it is not uncommon for animals to be struck and killed by lightning, he also tells we had not heard about such numbers before.
He added: I don’t know they were maximum lightning or not, but it happened in one moment. They were an actually heavy thunderstorm in the afternoon.
When the weather is not good, animals stay together and that is the reason they were hit by lightning in one moment. Television footage shows that showed the animals bodies lying close to each other.
This is very special, I have heard of cattle killed by lightning but not in this huge volume. It is the second time when a huge amount of animals killed due to bad weather, on august 38 sheep’s died in cause of lightning in the Indian district of Kanchipuram. Also in 2005, 68 cows were killed by a single bolt.
Norwegian authorities now have to decide what to do with animals, we are going to decide whether we are going to do something for animals, whether nature run its own course. Agency also taking some samples from dead beast for a health survey, and they said we know they were killed due to lightning but this testing is for science.